My 3-year-old daughter loves doing puzzles. The only problem is that she also loves using the puzzle pieces for other games. This means frequently we are almost finished putting a puzzle together when we realize that we are missing a piece or two. It's frustrating when you are missing the piece you need to complete … Continue reading The Missing Peace of The Story
I have a friend from high school who I would go anywhere with. He's 6'3, 210 pounds and is a well trained Navy medic. He's the kinda guy you feel more confident around like you could take a few more risks or survive the worst situations. There's something about being with him that makes me stand … Continue reading I’m With This Guy
"Only in the darkness can you see the stars." (Martin Luther King Jr.) Last year, when I was in Idaho, I was able to hike up Stevens Peak. It took about 3 hours to climb almost 3,000 feet of elevation. As I emerged from the dense forest at the top there, in front of me, was … Continue reading Let There Be Peace
The sun can be pretty bright. But all it takes is one hand raised between you and the sun to blot out its brilliance. By covering our eyes we can block the sun's light. With one outstretched hand, we can also block the light of God's Son. God's light continues to shine but we don't always … Continue reading Blot Out The Sun
Before I got engaged I told my future wife, Kimberly, that I had a few conditions. We would never have a cat, I would never sleep on the couch, and I wouldn’t do dishes. Nearly 10 years of marriage later and I’ve been reformed in two of those areas! We all have things we don’t … Continue reading Shirk Week!
I've had a rough couple of weeks. I've been struggling off and on with terrible headaches and bad sleep again. Not cool. That's why I haven't written in awhile, sorry! Sickness is my emotional achilles heal. It always makes me discouraged and upset. My family doesn't have a good track record of health. My father … Continue reading Why Does God Allow Suffering?
I need a nap. We live in a very fast paced, busy, "git-er-done" culture. We add lots of things into our weekly activities. We say phrases like, “rest is for the weak” or “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” or “Ain’t nobody got time to rest!” to boost the moral of hyper activity. Somewhere we think … Continue reading Naps Are Good For The Soul
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. But, as I ponder the significance of Easter this year, my heart is shifting. Did you know that the early church didn’t even celebrate the birth of Jesus. Easter was their most cherished holiday. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God and what … Continue reading The Never Ending Story
A few years ago while I was working in Africa we visited an area of Kenya called Lodwar. It's the quintessential desert wilderness. With the temperature over 100 degrees and dry as a bone it seemed like an incredibly difficult place to survive. The wilderness is a place that tests your resolve. It tests your … Continue reading Embracing The Wilderness